The Art Collection Telekom, the art collection of the Deutsche Telekom, was launched in 2010. The focus is concentrated on contemporary art from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.
The Art Collection Telekom aims to address the social and political changes after the fall of the Iron Curtain and to promote a broader understanding of Europe's cultural diversity through the visual arts. Even more than three decades after this historical turning point, the consequences of the division of the world into East and West, into Communism or Capitalism, have not been overcome. New rifts have emerged between open democracies or state-controlled and often nationalistically oriented democracies.
Contemporary art registers and comments on such distortions. Overall, the collection intends to create an exemplary art-historical spectrum of contemporary art in this cultural area and to concentrate primarily on younger artists in order to document and collect their work over a longer period of time. The whole media spectrum from drawing to digital installation is represented.
Basic requirements for the selection of the works are a high level of form, content, and aesthetics and an openly laid out horizon of meaning that promises to develop further in terms of content over the years. When building up and expanding the collection, great importance is attached to the high potential for stories and narratives. In this way, the works form an ideal basis for discussions and the exchange of ideas. They reflect Deutsche Telekom's self-image: “Life is for Sharing”.
Contemporary art offers the chance to see the world through different eyes. An adventure that requires openness, impartiality, and trust in the own thinking. The Art Collection Telekom would like to encourage this. The development of the collection is supervised by the artboard made up of employees of Deutsche Telekom and coordinated by an internal advisory board, Antje Hundhausen and Margret Fischer.
Curatorial advice is provided by Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher from Office for Art in Berlin.
Contemporary art should be seen, experienced, and discussed. It is therefore very important for the Art Collection Telekom to present parts of the collection to the public regularly in different contexts. Exhibitions have been organized regularly with institutional and private partners since 2014.
'Keeping The Balance', Ludwig Museum Budapest
'What Are We Made Of?' Kunsthalle Darmstadt and 'Listen To Us – Artistic Intelligence' in Plovdiv
'I Am The Mouth' in Zagreb, 'Contemporary Structures 4' in Ostrava
'Półpravda | Half-Truth' at Królikarnia palace, Warsaw
'Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia' in Bucharest and 'Preview' in the Królikarnia Palace, Warsaw with Maria Kulikovska and Eva Kot'átková
Volodymyr Kuznetsov at Art Cologne
'Fragile Sense of Hope' in the me Collectors Room Berlin
Artistic interventions in the hub:raum, Konzernhaus Berlin
Dan Perjovschi at the Telekom booth, IFA 2012, and exhibition in the Art Digit
First exhibition in the Art Digit
Präsentation of 'Three Videos with Narration', 2009/2010, and 'Cops and Robbers', 2009, from Agnieszka Polska in the Art Digit at the headquarter in Bonn.
Start Art Collection Telekom with focus on contemporary art from Eastern- and Southeastern-Europe
First acquisitions: 'Three Videos with Narration', 2009/2010, and 'Cops and Robbers', 2009, from Agnieszka Polska, and two video works from Roman Ondak: 'Lucky Day', 2006 and 'Follow Me', 2002.
The works therefore form an ideal basis for communication and exchanging ideas and reflect how Telekom sees itself: “LIFE IS FOR SHARING”. Contemporary art provides the opportunity to see the world in a different light. An adventure that requires openness and impartiality, to have confidence in your own reflections. Art Collection Telekom would like to encourage this.
The buildup of the Art Collection Telekom is supervised by an internal board and coordinated by Antje Hundhausen and Margret Fischer. Curatorial advice by Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher.
Contemporary Art should be seen, experienced and discussed by the public. For the Art Collection Telekom it is important to present parts of the Collection under different aspects to the general audience. Since 2014 the Art Collection Telekom has realised with institutional and private partners regularly exhibition projects.